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Taffy Nivert
American singer-songwriter

Taffy Nivert

Taffy Nivert
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Quick Facts

Intro American singer-songwriter
Is Singer Songwriter Musician Composer
From United States of America
Field Music
Gender female
Birth 25 October 1944, Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA
Age 77 years
Star sign Scorpio
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Mary Catherine "Taffy" Nivert Danoff (born October 25, 1944, in Washington, D.C.) is an American songwriter and singer. She is best known for being a member of the Starland Vocal Band.

Biography

Mary Catherine Nivert was born 25 October 1944. She received her nickname Taffy from her elder brother who, unable to pronounce her middle name as a young child, would call her Mary Tafferine. Nivert began singing along with the radio in high school. She was discovered by a bartender in Georgetown after he heard her singing to a jukebox. The bartender asked if she wanted to join a vocal group, and through this, she met her future husband Bill Danoff.

Nivert began performing with Danoff as Fat City in the late 1960s. Initially a folk duo, the two later married and recorded four albums, the latter two credited to Bill & Taffy.

In 1970, while traveling along Clopper Road to Taffy's family reunion in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Bill began writing what would become "Take Me Home, Country Roads". The couple planned to complete the song and sell it to Johnny Cash. However, when Fat City opened for John Denver at The Cellar Door in December 1970, they decided to show it to him. Denver, who had injured his thumb in a car crash hours before, arrived at Bill and Taffy's apartment in the early hours of the morning, where Bill, Taffy, and Denver finished the song. The next night, they performed the completed song, with Taffy holding the lyric sheet, and it went on to become a hit song for Denver on RCA Victor in early 1971, and included on his album Poems, Prayers, and Promises, along with "I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado," which Bill and Taffy also wrote. Additionally, Bill and Taffy sang backup on four of the album's tracks.

Bill and Taffy Danoff married in 1972. In 1976, the Danoffs paired with Jon Carroll and Margot Chapman to form the Starland Vocal Band. Signed to John Denver's record label Windsong Records, they were most famous for the hit song "Afternoon Delight". The group released several albums before breaking up in 1981. Bill and Taffy later divorced.

Until 2011, Nivert lived in Washington, D.C., where she occasionally performed with Bill Danoff and the rest of the Starland Vocal Band. She then moved to Safety Harbor, Florida.

Discography

Albums

Fat City

  • Reincarnation (ABC, 1969)
  • Welcome To Fat City (Paramount, 1971)

John Denver with Bill Danoff - Taffy Nivert

  • Victory Is Peace (Tomorrow Entertainment ER-7209-LP, 1972)

Bill & Taffy

  • Pass It On (RCA, 1973)
  • Aces (RCA, 1974)

Starland Vocal Band

  • Five albums; details at SVB page
Singles

John Denver with Fat City

  • "Take Me Home, Country Roads" / "Poems, Prayers And Promises" (RCA, 1971)

Bill & Taffy

  • "Pass It On" / "Didn't I Try" (RCA UK, 1973)
  • "Maybe" / "How Lucky Can You Be" (RCA Germany, 1974)
  • "Maybe" (stereo) / "Maybe" (mono) (RCA promo, 1974)

Starland Vocal Band

  • Ten singles; details at SVB page
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 10 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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